Q.S.A. Raised dates, 3 clasps, Natal, O.F.S., Tr.,
Pte. A.W. O’Brien, Strathcona’s Horse,
Arthur William O’Brien, b. Barrow-in-Furness, 1874, enl. Nelson, British Colombia, 8/2/1900. at that time a clerk with the Bank of Montreal. His next of kin is stated as the Revd. W. O’Brien, Barrow in Furness.
Extracted from Greenwood’s War Heroes: J. Edwards Leckie (Lieut. D.S.O. Strathcona’s Horse)
‘“The smartest subaltern in the regiment” is the tribute paid to him by an officer of the horse. Serving under Lieutenant Leckie in No. 2 troop are also A. W. O’Brien and R. H. Painter of this city. May the “God of War” deal kindly with our boys, who are a credit not only to this city but to the whole Dominion.”
‘In speaking to a Times representative Lieutenant Leckie gave information concerning the other Greenwood boys who joined Strathcona’s Horse. Bob Palmer was wounded in the foot at Geluk Farm last fall and invalided home. Lieut. Leckie saw him in London fully recovered and he was looking for a commission in the South African constabulary which he was likely to receive. O’Brien, teller at the Bank of Montreal here was shot through the arm last December. He also recovered and came home with the troop, remaining at Montreal where he will again join the bank’s staff.’